SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — First there was the Tide Pod Challenge, then the Bird Box Challenge, now the newest viral challenge has law enforcement and parents extremely concerned.READ MORE: 30 Years Later, Search For Joy Hibbs' Killer Continues With New Reward Posted For Information
The 48 Hours Missing Challenge is exactly what it sounds like. Teens apparently dare each other to disappear for two days in hopes their picture will show up on social media.
“This could be the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard of,” said Officer Simon Drobik, spokesman for the Albuquerque Police Department.READ MORE: 17 People Injured In Crash Involving SEPTA Bus After Car Runs Red Light, Officials Say
The APD says not only is this challenge dangerous, but it could also tie them up while there are real emergencies.
“Whether it’s a prank or not, we are going to use the same amount of resources,” said Officer Drobik.Arrest Warrant Issued For Contractor Ronald Williams Accused Of Scamming At Least 10 People Using Nextdoor App
Child psychologists say it’s a good idea to talk to your teens and not assume they know not to participate in social media challenges. At least one police department has said that if a kid is caught participating in the challenge, they could potentially be charged.